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(The Consumerist)   The U.S. landline telephone is now down to just a few remaining rollover minutes   (consumerist.com) divider line 64
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2012-12-28 06:19:14 PM

jimw: Landlines are proven technology for 100 years and are far more immune to hacking, malware, etc. They are our last physical backup in case of a natural or human made disaster, such as earthquakes, floods, and attacks via EMP technology. Landlines will often still work when VOIP and Cell towers go down or get overcrowded. Getting rid of landlines would be getting rid of our last communications safety net. The phone companies want this because providing cell and VOIP is cheaper and makes more money for them. They could seemly care less about public safety. If we get rid of landlines, we will have no alternative for a malware attack since landlines rely on switches and rather than packets that can be corrupted. Most landline phones also are analog and immune to malware.

Getting rid of landlines would be setting us up for a potential nationwide communications disaster.


The phone companies (Verizon and ATT, anyway) likely want to do away with landlines and move to ip-based stuff due to regulations are very different in terms of quality of service, uptime, etc. I worked for both over the last 15 years, I can tell you with 100% certainty that ATT at least would turn off the copper and go purely IP based in a hot second if they could get away with it.
 
2012-12-28 06:47:17 PM
http://www.amazon.com/OBi100-Telephone-Adapter-Service-Bridge/dp/B004L O098O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1356738046&sr=8-3&keywords=obihai

For those of you using Skype or MagicJack, switch to this. It ties into Google Voice, COSTS NOTHING, and will let you port a number in from a cell phone. If you're so in love with your landline number, port it to t-mobile prepaid for a month, then over to google voice, then sell the tmo phone.

Call quality is excellent, even with me bittorrenting all the time.

It can't call 911, tho, you have to set up another service on the device if you want to do that, and it costs like $1.50 a month.

Call quality on this thing is SOOOOO much better than Sprint cell service. Blows it out of the water.

And it's FREE.. Freeee.. Freeeeee.. FREEEE... As long as Google voice is free, but even if Google voice starts charging, it probably won't be much.
 
2012-12-28 08:13:47 PM

Nem Wan: Every "landline is dying" thread, I check to see if the Bell System spinoff that continues to lease "traditional" telephones for $5.95 a month is still in business. Yes, it is.


Wow I didn't know people were that stupid, we ditched my grandmothers leased phone over 20 years ago when they finally asked what this $15/month was for. They actually said they wanted the phone back then sent a tech out to retrieve it, all that waste for a out of date phone.

I have to hear from these stupid landline idiots who always say their overflow cash is propping up cellular division, I just look at them like you would a 5 year old and nod while saying "Sure it is...."
 
2012-12-28 08:55:25 PM

jimw: Landlines are proven technology for 100 years and are far more immune to hacking, malware, etc. They are our last physical backup in case of a natural or human made disaster, such as earthquakes, floods, and attacks via EMP technology. Landlines will often still work when VOIP and Cell towers go down or get overcrowded. Getting rid of landlines would be getting rid of our last communications safety net. The phone companies want this because providing cell and VOIP is cheaper and makes more money for them. They could seemly care less about public safety. If we get rid of landlines, we will have no alternative for a malware attack since landlines rely on switches and rather than packets that can be corrupted. Most landline phones also are analog and immune to malware.

Getting rid of landlines would be setting us up for a potential nationwide communications disaster.


I'm pretty sure most landlines are just copper running back to digital switching equipment, which doesn't really protect from flooding, earthquakes, EMP's, or malware more than any other computerized device. It just locates things at a single point of failure instead of distributing them.
 
2012-12-28 09:09:11 PM

Towermonkey: jimw: Landlines are proven technology for 100 years and are far more immune to hacking, malware, etc. They are our last physical backup in case of a natural or human made disaster, such as earthquakes, floods, and attacks via EMP technology. Landlines will often still work when VOIP and Cell towers go down or get overcrowded. Getting rid of landlines would be getting rid of our last communications safety net. The phone companies want this because providing cell and VOIP is cheaper and makes more money for them. They could seemly care less about public safety. If we get rid of landlines, we will have no alternative for a malware attack since landlines rely on switches and rather than packets that can be corrupted. Most landline phones also are analog and immune to malware.

Getting rid of landlines would be setting us up for a potential nationwide communications disaster.

The phone companies (Verizon and ATT, anyway) likely want to do away with landlines and move to ip-based stuff due to regulations are very different in terms of quality of service, uptime, etc. I worked for both over the last 15 years, I can tell you with 100% certainty that ATT at least would turn off the copper and go purely IP based in a hot second if they could get away with it.


No they wouldn't, they just want to migrate to being a backbone provider and letting local companies provide local services. The problem is this would put a shiatload of cwa union members out of work and the government won't allow that.
 
2012-12-28 09:57:07 PM
1. Get work to pay for cell phone
2. Cancel land line
3. No cost to me for communications
 
2012-12-28 10:08:44 PM
I live in an apartment building. I need a landline so that when people buzz me from the lobby, I can let them in. Otherwise I'd ditch the phone and save myself $30 a month.
 
2012-12-28 11:07:11 PM
I don't have a cell phone. I have a land line only. I don't want or need to be reachable at all times.
From my perspective, it's other people that need me to have one because they cannot be on
time or want to make last second changes to plans.That is your problem, not mine, and i'm not
going to be paying to get involved in that sort of drama. That may sound arrogant, but so is
the idea that you can always call a person at the last minute.
 
2012-12-28 11:36:52 PM

cgraves67: I'm kind of concerned about my children's generation when they get to the workplace. There will be this weird deskset covered with buttons and intercom features and maybe even curly wires still. They won't know what the heck to do with it because the only phones they ever knew growing up were little rectangles of plastic and glass with a computer and a camera inside.


I have a landline phone on my desk and have never used it. Everything happens via my cell phone.I would he hard-pressed to tell you my desk phone number and I don't even have the number on my business cards
 
2012-12-29 09:36:45 AM
Still have landline. No cell service where we live (out in the boonies), no cable service, no Internet of any kind wireless or otherwise.
Wouldn't change a thing, even if I could.
 
2012-12-29 04:35:17 PM

davidphogan: It just locates things at a single point of failure instead of distributing them.


Oh FFS. Yes, in case of emergency, bring your iPad.
 
2012-12-29 07:06:16 PM
DubyaHater: All these self-important schlubs running around with cell phones. You really think your friends and family need 24-hour access to you? You're not an on-call trauma surgeon.
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THIS! If they still had payphones on every street corner I would not own a cell phone, I usually leave mine in the car most of the time and do not have it on my person.
 
2012-12-31 03:50:43 PM

Oldiron_79: DubyaHater: All these self-important schlubs running around with cell phones. You really think your friends and family need 24-hour access to you? You're not an on-call trauma surgeon.
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THIS! If they still had payphones on every street corner I would not own a cell phone, I usually leave mine in the car most of the time and do not have it on my person.


You do realize that cellphones are much, much more than a simple voice communication device now right?  They are a music player, a video player, a portable gaming device, a gps, access to the internet, etc.  I spend more time using my phone for data than for talking, and I am sure that I am not alone.
 
2012-12-31 11:19:47 PM

Endive Wombat: You do realize that cellphones are much, much more than a simple voice communication device now right? They are a music player, a video player, a portable gaming device, a gps, access to the internet, etc. I spend more time using my phone for data than for talking, and I am sure that I am not alone.


My Desktop and Laptop can do all those things much better.
 
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